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Friday, March 31, 2006

  • UW lists $100,000 salaries for 2005
  • Optometry outpost marks opening
  • As March goes out like a lamb
Chris Redmond

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UW lists $100,000 salaries for 2005

UW is releasing a list this morning of the 518 employees who were each paid more than $100,000 during 2005.

It's something public-sector employers in Ontario have had to do annually since the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act was passed in 1996. Other universities, school boards, hospitals, colleges, municipalities, and the government itself are making similar information for last year public today.

As of this year, the majority of UW's professors appear on the list. The average salary of the 882 full-time faculty in 2005-06 is $103,410, according to the office of institutional analysis and planning.

The $100,000 list also includes a number of senior administrators and a few people in staff positions. The list includes people employed by St. Jerome's University, Renison College, Conrad Grebel University College and St. Paul's United College as well as by UW itself. President David Johnston receives the highest salary at UW, according to the disclosure list, followed by provost Amit Chakma.

The published list generally identifies the deans and other academic administrators simply as "professor". The figures are the amount of salary actually paid during the twelve months of 2005, which can lead to some anomalies when someone began or ended a job during the year. In addition to the salary, a figure is given for taxable benefits received by each individual, mostly for employer-paid life insurance.

Past year's lists are also available online.

Optometry outpost marks opening -- from the UW media relations office

An opening ceremony will be held Monday for the optometry school's clinic and research centre in downtown Kitchener -- housed at the former Victoria School until permanent quarters are built at the planned health sciences campus.

The new satellite facility will enable the optometry school to increase its scope and spark collaboration with other health care professionals in medicine and pharmacy. "The optometry teaching clinics are key in providing our students with an opportunity to practice their professional skills with real patients in a clinical setting," says clinic director Debbie Jones. "Opening a clinic in the downtown core is an exciting venture, providing the UW Optometry Clinic with a presence in Kitchener and the opportunity to share a facility with a dynamic family health team."

The clinical space will be shared with the Centre for Contact Lens Research, a facility within the optometry school that has developed an international reputation for investigating the ocular response to contact lenses and other forms of vision correction. The centre draws on the community for its research -- an opportunity that allows participants to try the latest contact lenses.

The satellite optometry facility is accepting patients for eye examinations, and the CCLR is inviting enquires from people wishing to participate in contact lens research studies. "We anticipate that the downtown location of this clinic will make participation in CCLR research more accessible to a wider cross-section of the community," said Desmond Fonn, director of the CCLR.

Dan Hayhoe, a 1974 alumnus of the school of optometry, has played an important role in the initiation of the teaching and research clinic. Through his involvement, a relationship has been developed with the local physicians -- headed by Joseph Lee -- who have established the Centre for Family Medicine, also to be part of the downtown campus and temporarily housed in the Victoria School Centre on Joseph Street.

"We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Dr. Hayhoe, Dr. Lee and everyone who worked together on this initiative to make our vision a reality," Jones said. She added that the downtown clinic will allow the optometry school to expand practical teaching space to accommodate a growing student population. "The clinic will provide our students with an opportunity to benefit from a community setting. We believe strongly that this will enhance their learning experience."

Trefford Simpson, interim director of the optometry school, says said that as UW has Canada's only English-speaking optometry school, there is a responsibility to provide students with the necessary clinical training. "With the increase in enrolment by 50 per cent over the next few years, it is essential that we have the mechanisms in place to provide our future optometrists with relevant clinical experience -- here there is the added advantage of working directly with family medicine."

Monday's ceremony is scheduled for 12 noon and will involve city and government representatives, UW officials, and alumni, faculty and staff from the School of Optometry.

Blood donor clinic final day: 9 to 3, Student Life Centre.

'Where do students learn?' "New Ideas in Informal Living Spaces", Liwana Bringelson, Centre for Learning and Teaching Through Technology, 11 a.m., Flex lab, Dana Porter Library.

Shine Dance recital today through Sunday, Humanities Theatre.

Sheila Ager, department of classical studies, "Her Infinite Variety: The Official Images of Cleopatra VII", 3:30, Arts Lecture Hall room 105.

Athletics awards banquet tonight, Columbia Icefield.

Five Point One jazz quintet performs 7 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College great hall; food bank donations welcome.

Ken McLaughlin, department of history, "Berlin, 1856", 7:30 p.m., Kitchener City Hall, sponsored by St. John the Evangelist Church.

30 Hour Famine fund-raiser for World Vision, tonight 9 p.m. to Sunday 3 a.m., activities in Student Life Centre, pledge forms available from UW Food Bank, SLC room 2108.

'Forward Into the Past' annual collegium with classes on mediaeval textiles, dance, Vikings, military science and other topics, Saturday all day, details online.

Theologian Karen Armstrong speaks on "The Great Transformation", sponsored by St. Jerome's University and WordsWorth Books, Saturday 2 p.m., First United Church, tickets ($8) 884-2665.

April Fool's Café at Church Theatre, St. Jacobs, Sunday 3 p.m., comedy and music, admission $20, proceeds to scholarship funds at Conrad Grebel University College.

Last day of classes in arts, science, AHS and environmental studies is Monday. Exams begin April 6.

Faculty association annual general meeting Monday 4:30, Math and Computer room 1085.

Senate executive committee 3:30, Needles Hall room 3004.

Waterloo Public Interest Research Group annual general meeting Monday 5 p.m., Environmental Studies I courtyard.

Graduate Student Research Conference April 3-6. Keynote address by Roméo Dallaire, Monday 8 p.m., Humanities Theatre, sold out; overflow available in Arts Lecture Hall room 113. Student presentations Tuesday-Thursday, Davis Centre 1302 and 1304; schedule online.

UW board of governors Tuesday 2:30, Needles Hall room 3001.

Employee Assistance Program presents "Digging Deep: Clearing Up Clutter" Wednesday 12 noon, Math and Computer room 5158.

English Language Proficiency Exam Wednesday 7 p.m., Physical Activities Complex.

As March goes out like a lamb

Just in time for April Fool's Day, the campus is graced with Mathlean's -- the first parody issue produced by MathNews since 2002, and a striking piece of glossy work with some pages that do look extraordinarily like the new Brit-collage layout of Maclean's. Even the ads are parodies (including one for the "CrackBerry 8700c"), and there are mathematical jokes throughout, both the ones about π and the ones about the dubious aromas in the "comfy lounge". The cover story is an environmental exposé: it reveals that the model trains used in the real-time programming lab in Math and Computer are a major source of global warming. Extra copies of the 16-page magazine are available in the Math Society office on the third floor of MC.

The Federation of Students will hold its annual general meeting today, starting at 3:30 in the great hall of the Student Life Centre, which has seen so many Feds meetings, speeches, rallies and pivotal events in this university's history over the past 37 years. Today's agenda looks to be mostly routine, with ratification of the Feds executive that were elected in February and will take office May 1, appointment of auditors for the corporation, and some minor amendments to the bylaws. But it's an opportunity for undergraduate students to hear from the present and future leadership -- and to vote on the usual cost-of-living increase in the Feds fee, which is slated to go up to $33 a term from the present $32.30.

Speaking of fees: with government rules on tuition fee caps just announced, and UW's budget awaiting approval by the board of governors, the precise fee levels for the spring term have not been announced yet. Look for them the middle of next week, after the board holds its quarterly meeting on Tuesday afternoon. Spring fee payments will be due April 24 if made by cheque, April 27 if made by bank transfer, says Karen Hamilton, manager of student financials in UW's finance office.

Information is on its way to staff and faculty members (somewhat delayed, I'm told, by problems getting the brochure designed and printed) about the third annual Employee Wellness Fair, to be held April 24-26. It's sponsored by the Employee Assistance Program and involves special events and "interesting and informative sessions on work-life balance, relaxation techniques, fitness, nutrition and many other helpful and supportive" topics. Coming at noontime on Monday the 24th is the Inaugural President David Johnston Mile Run, starting at the Davis Centre and ending near the PAS building. An alternative, at the same time, will be the Scott Wellness Walk around the full 1.65-mile circle of the ring road. Registration information for both events will be available.

There's a chance today to see something you don't see very often, as Craig Hardiman of the classical studies department explains: "We've offered a course this year in ancient science and technology, and several students built projects for the course, including pumps, ancient vending machines and catapults. These projects will be on display in the main foyer of the Modern Languages building from 12 noon until 2:30. Weather permitting, we'll end the day by launching something from a particularly large catapult that one of the students made. It should be fun." He doesn't add that defenders will pour boiling oil on the attack force from the roof of the Dana Porter Library -- okay, maybe I'm making that part up.

Today's the official deadline for applications to enter most UW first-year programs in September. . . . With the ground rapidly thawing, and cardinals and robins visiting my yard this week, "pre-garden" sessions sponsored by the UW Sustainabiity Program are continuing (today, soil cultivation, 3 p.m. in Environmental Studies II room 173). . . . The UW library's extended hours continue as exams approach, with the Davis Centre library open 24 hours a day (except Sunday 2 to 8 a.m.) and Dana Porter open 8 to 2 every day. . . .


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